Dishing with Mark And Carrie - June 14th 2012
|Written by Mark And Carrie on June 12 2012|
People are Talking
Gay Days at Disney was packed again this year. Many of the hottest beach party fashions were from MC Film. Thank you Guys for making us make you look so good! It was over the top wild in GaYBOR/Ybor City with the "Been there, Done that crowds!" On Saturday night the first "Sicon Rock Fest" where 26 bands performed in 4 locations throughout GaYBOR/Ybor City including; The Crowbar, The Orpheum, The Ritz Ybor & Czars. Conservative estimates have the crowds over 10,000. Opening soon is a new gay bar, new wine bar and The Box Art Gallery. It is also rumored that a new kick box fitness studio will also be opening this month. A new familiar tall face returning to bartend from Streetcar Charlie's Restaurant days now at Bradley's, Tall Ray! The don't miss party is on Hamburger Mary's balcony every Friday & Saturday nights with Tea Cup. The Sunday FunDays in GaYBOR/Ybor City are in full hot Summer swing. Many of us remember & worked at "The Scaglione's University Restaurant" on Fowler Ave next to USF. Did you know that the family also owns "The Scagliones Tony's Ybor Restaurant" since 1929? On a recent lunch there we ran into owners, Peter & Basil. Both are now in their 80's and looking great. Yes, the food is still fantastic! Did anybody else notice on a CNN report this week about Mariela Castro, the daughter of Cuban President Raul Castro, where CNN footage had filmed? While she was talking about how she wants U.S. President Barack Obama to win a second term, in the background they were supposedly showing film of Cuba. The only problem was it was not Cuba, it was the Columbian Restaurant and buildings on 7th Ave in Ybor City!!!! Now that's the LOL of the Week.
St Pete Pride is Around the Corner
This is going to be the 10th Anniversary of St. Pete Pride's Parade traveling through the Grand Central District on Central Ave. on June 30th in St. Petersburg. With an estimated attendance of over 100K, this is the biggest Pride event in Florida! The Annual Street Festival and Parade brings out the most colorful outfits. The GLBT community isn't shy of wearing color! The number of entries is said to be over 120 units. A full list of added events from the beginning days of Pride still include St. Pete Pride Days at the Rays Game at the Trop, the Clearwater Sunset Cruise, St Pete Pride Pageant and dozens of other smaller Pride events that benefit St. Pete Pride. STPetePride.com
Mark & Carrie's Nephew/ Niece of the Week
Student, former manager at Starbucks and bartender at Liquid Tampa, Mikey, keeps himself very busy. One day he wants to be the top plastic surgeon in the US. We think he will make it.
We lost a Legend!
Early Monday 6-4-12 morning a huge party started in Heaven!!! The legendary Mary Ann Bonsey (The Queen) passed away. Her bigger than life "Auntie Mame" positive personality inspired many in our community. Mary Ann LOVED; Cigarettes, Stoli Vodka, Southern cooking, her friends (especially the Gay ones) & her custom signature mega 100'+ built yacht, The Miz Scarlett. It was not uncommon to meet professional ball players, sports club owners, national political leaders and recognized national newscasters in her condo or aboard Miz Scarlett. To say she will be missed a is a huge understatement. Left behind will be many wonderful memories and unforgettable stories. She was a professional ballroom dancer. Her sleek jeweled performance dance dresses are pure designer silk fashion treasures. She had them showcased in glass throughout the condo! We will remember the stories she told us about living next door to former President Jimmy Carter and when she met the love of her life, second husband Frank. When Mary Ann & Frank decided to move to Florida. Here is just one of the many stories.